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Money For Moray - New Fund Announced

Posted 7th Dec 2016

Community groups in Moray are set to get a cash boost next year. Following on from the success of the first Money for Moray participatory budgeting project earlier in 2016, the Money for Moray Working Group are pleased to announce a new funding stream that will open for applications early in the New Year.

£40,000 in total will be available, funded through the Scottish Government’s Community Choices scheme, for projects that voluntary community groups put forward to tackle social isolation in Moray. Ideas for projects could include those that tackle some of the causes of social isolation, including lack of access to services, accessible transport issues, loneliness and low income levels.

Groups will be able to apply once for a maximum of £4,000 and application forms will be available from 5th January 2017, with applications closing on 10th February. Applicant groups who meet the criteria will be asked to make a short presentation to the public at an event to be held in late March 2017.

Alastair Kennedy of the Money for Moray Working Group encouraged groups across Moray to apply: “Here is an opportunity to progress what may as yet be an idea and take it to fruition, to help relieve the awful effects of social isolation which are found across Scotland. That idea, if firmed up and taken to application stage, may at least make a difference to Moray folk who find themselves in this unenviable position. What`s to lose by applying?”

Further details on the scheme, including how to apply, will be available in early January.

Participatory budgeting is now being used across Scotland in around two-thirds of local authority areas, as a means of communities making democratic decisions about funding for themselves. Money for Moray is the first such scheme to be run by a working group consisting solely of volunteers, who come from community councils, area forums, village halls and community associations across Moray.

The Money for Moray Working Group ran a successful participatory budgeting scheme in 2016, culminating in two public events in May and June, allocating £120,000 of funds to 34 projects that will benefit the local economy of rural areas in Moray.




Tel: Anita Milne 01343 842289;

Linda McDonald 01542 850383

Creative & Caring Moray - Community Development Small Grants Fund 2013

Posted 28th January 2013

Following our successful Creative & Caring Moray seminar Oct 2012 - I am pleased to be able to launch the ‘Creative & Caring Moray Community Development Small Grants Fund’.

This fund sets out to stimulate the development of new community initiatives that utilise the participatory arts and creativity in health & social care. Participation in the arts & creativity have the ability to transform lives and contribute to improved health and social care outcomes for individuals and communities.

The closing date for applications is noon Monday 18th February 2013.

Steven McCluskey
Strategic Manager - Health Improvement (Moray Council)
Choose-Life Co-ordinator (Moray)
Tel: 01343 567188
Email: steve.mccluskey@moray.gov.uk
Moray Community Health & Social Care Partnership
Spynie Hospital, Duffus Road, Elgin - IV30 5PW

Click here for application form

Click here for the guide to applying

Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill

Posted 23rd January 2013

Dear Community Member
Thank you for participating in Moray Council’s budget consultation exercise. The feedback we have received has been extremely helpful and is being considered as part of the budget-setting process currently underway.
Two documents listing all the responses received can be found by clicking the following link:


Kind Regards
Ian Todd
Community Support Unit Manager

The Scottish Government analysis report from the consultation on the proposed Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill.

Click here to read the 179 page PDF document.(1.8mb)


Community Leadership Project 2013 Training

Posted 14th January 2013

The Community Leadership Project (CLP) aims to develop a new generation of role models and leaders from Scotland’s multicultural communities, with particular reference to black and minority ethnic (BME). It aims to “Entice & Excite” participants to get involved in Scotland’s outdoor environment, develop their skills, competence in engaging people to enjoy, learn about and protect our natural environment.
It’s the opportunity of a lifetime… and a fantastic way to start developing a career in outdoor leadership or environmental action!

Click HERE to read the information on this project (pdf document).
Click HERE to read the training schedule (pdf document).
Click HERE to open the application form for download (pdf document).


Floral Dufftown Scoops National Award

Posted 31st October 2012

A top award has been presented to Dufftown in Bloom by Scotland’s leading charity for the environment in recognition of efforts to improve the local community.

The award was made by the charity Keep Scotland Beautiful at a ceremony in Motherwell on Tuesday (11 September 2012).

The prestigious Beautiful Scotland award ceremony, this year hosted by North Lanarkshire Council, is the climax of a year of continuous work by local people throughout Scotland who have worked hard to successfully transform their local environments.

First time entrant in the national Beautiful Scotland competition, Dufftown in Bloom won the Community Horticultural Award and a Silver Gilt medal certificate.

During the past year, Dufftown in Bloom volunteers have not only filled the streets and green spaces with colourful hanging baskets and planters, but they were commended by the judges for their polytunnel, soup and sweet fundraiser, and the planting of sustainable and pollinating plants around the outskirts of the village.

Dufftown in Bloom was competing with 52 communities from across Scotland in the 2012 Beautiful Scotland competition and was visited by highly-experienced judges during a national tour in July and August.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “Beautiful Scotland, a campaign run by Keep Scotland Beautiful, celebrates the work of communities, from whole cities to villages, who pull together to improve and enhance their local areas. Through floral enhancement, community participation, and taking responsibility for tackling the criminal activity of littering and dog fouling, this Beautiful Scotland group is making a massive difference to Moray and our country.

“The awards presented at this ceremony go some way to recognising all the endless hours which volunteers and local authorities put in throughout the year to ensure that visitors and local community members are able to enjoy clean, green and sustainable surroundings.”